Datapoint Papiamentu/Domains of use: literature

Some of the best-known literary writers coming out of the islands write in Dutch. However, poetry is predominantly in Papiamentu, and there is a corpus of Papiamentu-language novels and short stories. Dutch being of diminishing importance in the island's cultural life, the natural expectation is that Papiamentu will become the main literary language. However, the lack of Papiamentu-language education, the small size of the islands' populations, and the differences in spelling systems (phonemic in Curaçao, etymological in Aruba) severely limit the market for literature in Papiamentu.